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Health Risks

There is a reason why all cigarette packaging and advertisements clearly mention the Statutory Warning about the health risks involved in smoking.

It is important to know the health hazards of smoking so that you can be cautious and responsible.

Cigarette smoking is addictive. Smoking is a cause of various serious and fatal diseases, including lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and heart diseases.

Smokers are more likely to be at risk than non-smokers.

Independent Tobacco being a responsible company, invest considerable efforts in researching to develop products that are potentially less harmful for the end consumer. At the same time we clearly convey public health messages including carrying Statutory Health Warnings on our packs, cartons and advertisements.

Second-hand Smokers

Many research studies conducted by public health bodies like the World Health Organization have concluded that exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) or second-hand smoke from cigarettes causes diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease, in non-smoking adults, as well as causing conditions like asthma and respiratory infections in children.

Knowing the dangers of second-hand smoking, it is important for smokers to avoid smoking in public, especially in close proximity of children and pregnant women.

We support initiatives like the creation of smoking/non-smoking zones and areas in public places and uphold regulations designed to protect non-smokers.

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Smoking and Pregnancy

There are sufficient health studies to prove that smoking during pregnancy can cause harm to both the mother and the unborn child.

One of the most harmful chemicals inhaled through smoking is a dangerous chemical called carbon monoxide which restricts the oxygen that is essential for your baby's healthy growth and development. Cigarettes restricts their oxygen supply, this can cause the foetal heart rate to rise as baby struggles to get enough oxygen every time you smoke.

Many statistical studies have reported a link between lower birth weights in babies and mothers who smoke throughout pregnancy. Some studies have also established links between smoking in pregnancy and infant mortality, premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth.

Most public health authorities strongly recommend to avoid smoking during pregnancy.

Quitting

While smoking is addictive by nature and hard to quit, we believe quitting smoking can greatly reduce the risks to various diseases associated with cigarettes.

For a smoker who has decided to quit, it is important to keep abreast of various support groups, latest medical aids including ‘nicotine replacement therapy’ (patches and gums) hypnotherapy as well as other forms of assistance like help lines and other de-addiction programs conducted by various health authorities.

While quitting is a complex process involving physiological, psychological, cognitive and social factors, given the motivation to quit, it is not impossible. This is reflected in the millions of smokers worldwide who have been successful in quitting smoking for life.

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